Tarot Card meaning for the Eight of Wands



In the Eight of Wands, we see eight Wands coming out of the sky. The Wands are moving towards the right; the position of the future. This is one of the few cards in the Rider Waite deck with no people on it. When we look closely we can see energy, move, drive - or maybe we just want things to move forward.

The Eight of Wands as a day card

Today, things might move faster than envisioned. Things coming out of nowhere push us along – or perhaps we are simply hoping this is the case.
Can you relate this to anything in your life? How can we get more action or control of all the things that are coming at us at once?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The Eight of Wands card symbolizes action so reversed it might hint at stagnation and it would go against its own element being fire. When the card is reversed we might ask ourselves how can we move things along? What can we do to literally light the fire.

How this card could present itself in real life

In one of the most profound readings of my life this card played a major role. It were still very early days in my Tarot reading career and this card came up in a very difficult family situation. Things would move very fast from now on. Two days later the wife asked the husband to leave and this introduced the whole family to a new chapter as it was a positive change for the remaining family members. More than 1.5 decade later it still strikes me how strong this card came out in the reading and how peoples worlds were changed in a matter of days.

It wasn’t a prediction of what would be happening as an intuitive reader all I could see was that there was a lot of energy and that things would move fast. The people related to the reading decided every step of the way what they wanted to do and how this energy unfolded.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Osho Zen deck we are seeing another side of the concept behind this card. The card is called travelling and basically it states that rushing a journey is a waste of time because life is a journey without a destination. It therefor takes a very different approach to the Rider Waite deck which is clearly more entrenched in a more westernized ways of thinking.

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot we see eight dragons all with their own wand. It has this element of extra help towards a goal we want to achieve.

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